• Short Summary

    THE WEEK-LONG FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW, WHICH OPENED TODAY (MONDAY), ONCE AGAIN PUTS ON DISPLAY THE LATEST MODELS IN MILITARY AND CIVIL AIRCRAFT FROM BRITAIN'S AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY.

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    THE WEEK-LONG FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW, WHICH OPENED TODAY (MONDAY), ONCE AGAIN PUTS ON DISPLAY THE LATEST MODELS IN MILITARY AND CIVIL AIRCRAFT FROM BRITAIN'S AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY. AGAIN THIS YEAR THE SHOW HAS ATTRACTED VISITORS FROM MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD - THERE ARE ESTIMATED TO BE TEN THOUSANDS OVERSEAS VISITORS ATTENDING THE SHOW AND FLYING DISPLAYS.

    MISSILES OCCUPY A PROMINENT PLACE AT THE SHOW. AMONG THOSE ON DISPLAY IS THE BLUE STREAK. IT'S THIS ROCKET THAT IS BEING DEVELOPED AS BRITAIN'S CONTRIBUTION TO THE PLANNED EUROPEAN SATELLITE LAUNCHER. THE BLUE STREAK WILL BE THE FIRST STAGE ROCKET IN THE PROJECT. ALSO AT FARNBOROUGH IS THE BLOODHOUND SURFACE-TO- AIR MISSILE, ALREADY BOUGHT BY THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE AND THE SWEDISH AND SWISS GOVERNMENTS AS WELL AS BRITAIN'S ROYAL AIR FORCE. THE BLUE STEEL MISSILE, AN AIR-TO-SURFACE WEAPON, IS IN USE WITH THE R.A.F. BOMBER COMMAND.

    ATTRACTING A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF ATTENTION ARE THE JET PASSENGER AIRCRAFT ON DISPLAY. AMONG THESE IS THE VC-10, A LONG-HAUL PASSENGER AIRCRAFT WHICH HAS ALREADY BEEN USED WITH SUCCESS BY THE BRITISH OVERSEAS AIRWAYS CORPORATION. EACH OF THESE AIRCRAFT IS PRICED IN EXCESS OF TWO-AND-A- HALF MILLION POUNDS STERLING, BUT CAN CARRY UP TO ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY PASSENGERS.

    THE TRIDENT IS ANOTHER PASSENGER AIRLINER ATTRACTING ATTENTION OVERSEAS. IT IS DESIGNED FOR SHORTER DISTANCES THAN THE VC-10. ALREADY IN SERVICE ON SOME ROUTES, IT'S CAREFULLY DESIGNED TO OFFER THE BEST COMPROMISE BETWEEN PAYLOAD, SPEED, FIELD LENGTH AND ECONOMY. AMONG CUSTOMERS FOR THIS AIRCRAFT ARE COMPANIES IN KUWAIT AND IRAQ.

    ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL NEW SHORT-HAUL JET PASSENGER AIRCRAFT IS THE BAC III. TWENTY-FIVE OF THESE HAVE BEEN ORDERED BY AMERICAN AIRLINES. OTHERS HAVE BEEN ORDERED FOR BRANIFF AIRLINES, CENTRAL AMERICAN AIRLINES, KUWAIT AIRLINES AND THE IRISH COMPANY, AER LINGUS.

    DESIGNED FOR PASSENGER TRANSPORT TOO IS THE WESTLAND SR. N5 HOVERCRAFT ON DISPLAY AT FARNBOROUGH. THIS IS THE FIRST SERIOUS ATTEMPT MADE TO PUT A HOVERCRAFT TO COMMERCIAL USE. IT WEIGHS SEVEN TONS AND CRUISES AT A MAXIMUM SPEED OF ABOUT SEVENTY KNOTS.

    DESIGNED PRIMARILY AS A HEAVY FREIGHTER, THE JET BELFAST COULD ALSO BE ADAPTED FOR PASSENGER USE. IT WOULD CARRY AS MANY AS TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTY SIX PASSENGERS WITH A CREW OF FOUR. AS A FREIGHTER ITS CAPACITY IS ABOUT EIGHTY THOUSAND POUNDS. FROM THE SAME MANUFACTURERS, THE TURBO-SKYVAN REPRESENTS A COMPLETELY NEW DESIGN IN AIR-FREIGHTERS. CHIEF AMONG THE SKYVAN'S ADVANTAGES IS ITS ABILITY TO USE VERY SHORT RUNWAYS.

    MILITARY AIRCRAFT ARE REPRESENTED MAINLY BY SMALL, FAST AIRCRAFT. OF THESE THE P 1127 - A TACTICAL STRIKE PLANE, IS ONE OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR. IT'S A VERTICAL TAKE-OFF AIRCRAFT THAT CAN OPERATE FROM SMALL GRASSY CLEARINGS IN FOREST AREAS. NINE OF THESE ARE EQUIPPING A TRIPARTITE U.K. / U.S. / WEST GERMAN EVALUATION SQUADRON.

    IN THE RESEARCH SECTION, FARNBOROUGH THIS YEAR IS DISPLAYING THE HANDLEY PAGE 115, WHICH HAS JUST COMPLETED AN EXHAUSTIVE SERIES OF TRIALS SINCE ITS MAIDEN FLIGHT IN 1961. IT IS ONE OF THE LOWER-SPEED RESEARCH AIRCRAFT BEING DEVELOPED BY BRITISH FIRMS.

    A FASTER ONE IS THE BAC 221 - A COMPLETELY REBUILT VERSION OF THE RECORD-BREAKING FAIREY DELTA 2. THIS MODEL HAD ITS MAIDEN FLIGHT ONLY A FEW MONTHS AGO. IT HAS A BODY SIX FEET LONGER THAN ITS CELEBRATED PREDECESSOR AND A NEW WING DESIGN.

    ON THE OPENING DAY OF THE AIR SHOW TODAY, VISITORS WATCHED A DISPLAY BY WESSEX HELICOPTERS. THIS INCLUDED THE LANDING OF WHEELED MILITARY VEHICLES SUCH AS JEEPS AND LIGHT ARTILLERY. THIS AND OTHER FLYING DISPLAYS WILL BE REPEATED DURING THIS WEEK AT FARNBOROUGH.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADSLOCHTLTS5251RWWFSMKA9NU
    Media URN:
    VLVADSLOCHTLTS5251RWWFSMKA9NU
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/09/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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